The plot itself is decent enough but when the reader tried to stress excitement or fast-action, he only read quicker and did not change the pitch of his voice. I was disappointed. If you really want it, it is probably worth the money but you need to be sure to use your imagination to make up for the lack of the reader's.
Interesting storyline with enough convolutions, but trite dialog, full of well-worn cliches. And is it true that every cop cannot complete a sentence without the F word as portrayed in "Spider"?
This book absolutely kept me intrigued until the end...much better than the movie!! Im a big Patricia Cornwell fan and Ive already listened to or read all of the Kay Scarpetta series so I've been looking for a new audiobook series and it looks like Ive found it!! You wont be disappointed!!
The plot was good and the characters were OK. Plenty of twists and turns. I was disappointed that profanity was peppered through the book and it seemed like sex was thrown in more often than it needed to be. It didn't really advance the story.
I have read and reread this book. The movie on the other hand suck. For starters, they killed for Gary in the movie, which suck because Gary is in Pop Goes The Weasel. The other thing is that I think Will Smith should have played Alex Cross because he played Alhambra Alie, I think I spelled his name right, in the movie Alie. Plus they didn't show Alex Cross family throughout the movie, which suck as well. I think the book is better and everyone should read the book before watching the movie. They mess up the book with that movie.
If it had a believable plot. If there was any character worth caring about. Alex Cross and his NanaMama are racists.
The plot was so thin and unbelievable. Loose endings hanging here and there; never explained. I didn't like the romance between Alex and Jezzie. Too much time spent on that.
Voice is too deep.
Alex Cross - I didn't like him at all.
So disappointing. I have a friend who loves James Patterson and has always been encouraging me to read him. Since I am commuting every day now, I thought recorded books would be a good way to read some of his work. So wrong. I'll be looking for a different mystery/thriller/suspense author.
I have not seen the movie, so now I really want to. It was pretty good. I am used to books with more twists and turns, but this had decent ones.
Love the villains voice. The most memorable was when I found out his girlfriend was involved.
He read it perfectly. Voices were changed and gave character to each person.
Audiobook quality has improved enormously in the last 15-20 years, and it shows on this older audio. The narrator just wasn't good - there are many small examples, but the most striking to me was when he read that somebody said, in their best Schwarzenegger style, "I'll be back." Who doesn't know that line? But no - the narrator just read it, no hint of Austrian accent nor of the ominously monotonous tone that Schwarzenegger gave the original that made it so timeless. The listener would have no idea a Terminator reference was intended, except that it was right there in the text! Didn't the narrator actually read the text?! And many other examples of the voices not matching the explicit directions given for how the voices sounded.
Also super cheesy music. Why?!?
But, it's older. So I'm giving Alex Cross the benefit of the doubt and moving on to one of the many sequels....
On the lower one third. I liked the story, but you will need to see my answer to the third question to get why I wasn't crazy about it.
At some point I picked up that the good "guy" (gal) wasn't, then about 2 chapters later it was revealed. I loved the gentle hints. Not too much, not too bold, just enough
The "performance" was the real problem. I would invite people to listen to this reading and then listen to the children's show Thomas the Tank Engine when George Carlin was the conductor. The similarities are amazing and troubling at the same time.
No, not really.